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How the Middle Class Saved Humanity from Poverty

What has created humanity’s 10 – 100x wealth increase over the past roughly 200 years? From McCloskey’s “Bourgeois Equality” as well as similar positions by Nassim Taleb, Yuval Harari, and just recently Richard Ebeling, it is the cultural acceptance and encouragement of the middle class over the aristocratic and clerical…


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Jenkins Parameterized Trigger Plugin

If you’re using Jenkins for automation in software development, you may have a need to do a post-build action that passes information from the original build to the next action. For example, say you execute one script with date and time information and upon successful completion, you want to then execute…


Home Network Geekiness (Power over Ethernet)

About two and one-half years ago, I did some house wiring to facilitate home networking in our then recently purchased house built before the age of the internet. That involved using the attic as a central location due to the ease of running network cable for some ports and wireless…


Hurricane Florence Preparations

We did our Florence due diligence and she decided to dance slightly to the south, which has halved our rainfall forecast and cut our wind probabilities. South Carolina will suffer because of it. The Yang to our Yin. Keep your powder dry Carolina neighbors! Did I miss anything?  It looks…


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The Downside to Python’s List Comprehension

I’m divided on Python’s list comprehension ability from the standpoint of support and readability. Shortcuts are all well and good when you code, but you also have to think of those who, after you’ve come and gone, have to figure out exactly what the heck you were thinking. Especially when…


An Action Plan to Restore Representative Government in the USA

Posts among my Facebook friends about Attorney General Sessions repealing the Cole Memo where the U.S. Department of Justice would be “deferring its right to challenge their [state marijuana] legalization laws” started me thinking about what actual steps “We, the People” could take to restore the original vision the founders had…


Mossberg Shockwave Quick Look

At the 2017 Sporting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) show, Mossberg released something that I knew was going to be a huge seller: A 14″ Barreled 590 Pump Shotgun that does not need a National Firearms Act (NFA) tax stamp because it falls outside the definition of shotgun as well as…


Thanksgiving Gadget Deals

Amazon had some screaming deals for the Thanksgiving holiday. One of them was a Fire HD8 that I was able to snag for $40 + tax. They were going for $50 but Prime Now had $10 off your order, plus delivery in 2 hours! I figured that was a worthwhile…


Kolbe v. Hogan

Earlier this year, the en banc 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals basically decided to make up their own standard for deciding on 2nd Amendment protections.  They decided that Maryland’s ban on military-style “assault” rifles is constitutional regardless of the standard of scrutiny because the Second Amendment does not give there…